Ella brings the heat in her new MMF Chicagoverse series
Ethan by Ella Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ella Frank can write spice, there’s simply no question about that and in Ethan she delivers in spades both between the titular character and his lifelong partner Zayne and also when they introduce Chloé, the girl they call Red into their play.
But, here I’m going to admit, I was confused as to why this book is called Ethan when it includes POVs from each of the three main characters and gives back story to both Ethan and Zayne in equal amounts.
I’m also going to offer up my same commentary that often have on the last few series’ Ella’s released both solo and with Brooke Blaine, and that’s I really don’t see the need to split the books up.
This one finishes on a soft cliffhanger that’s not really one, more just a place to split the story.
I’m pretty sure when Zayne, (book two), comes out, I’m going to find the story could have just carried on without needing it to be broken up but as I was expecting it, I’m not annoyed as I would be with a cliffhanger that comes out of nowhere.
As to the story itself, it’s a really great introduction to Chloé, the daughter of one of my favourite throuples, Ella’s much-loved Priest, Prick and Princess, Joel, Julien and Robbie from her Confessions series.
At just 19-years-old she’s already inherited some of the best traits of her fathers, she’s stubborn, confident, charming but she’s also fairly naive too when it comes to both matters of the heart and matters of the bedroom, something she’s trying to explore when her path crosses with the two men.
Ella delivers a masterclass in how to pull someone’s strings as the two men give Chloé a night she cannot forget.
There is a secondary plot as well, which centres on Zayne’s absolute disgrace of a parent, a rich and powerful Senator who is a bigot and a cold and heartless man. I’m intrigued to see how he copes against the power of the three Ps when it comes to protecting their daughter!
Overall this was a cracking good introduction to this latest Chicargoverse entry and I will say one thing for Ella, thankfully she never drags out the time between releases! Roll on April 😁
#ARC kindly received from the author via GRR Tours in return for an honest and unbiased review
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